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A long narrow pipe through which darts or pellets may be blown. Also called blowpipe.
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(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) the US word for blowpipe1
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a pipe or tube through which darts or other missiles are blown by the breath.
[1800–10, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blowgun - a tube through which darts can be shot by blowingblowgun - a tube through which darts can be shot by blowing
tube, tubing - conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases
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[ˈbləʊgʌn] N (US) → cerbatana f
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Whenever McIvor showed up at the front door asking if I wanted to play, his hand either clenching a BB pistol or a blowgun, Mama shooed him away with a broom or a feather duster, sometimes even sprinkling holy water in case he'd turn rabid.
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Jose Moreno inspects the darts of his blowgun before smearing them with curare (photography by the author).
The Punan, he was told, were also believed to kill Dayaks, such as those searching for gutta or rubber, their only weapon was the blowgun (1993:290).
Traditionally, Choco people hunted with wooden blowguns. Blowgun darts were dipped in a very strong poison that comes from this frog.
Did it push early man to beat his hairy chest when offended and reach for a pointed twig, a blunt branch, or a sharp stone, later expel his breath quickly through the mouth of a blowgun, and still later listen with delight to the twang of a longbow as it launched a deadly arrow?
Then there was "Mad Dog," described as "the bodhisattva of prison terrorists" for the radiant look on his face after shooting at guards with improvised blowgun darts infected with hepatitis C.
VVGOOGLING a runner Pea Shooter 4.30 Musselburgh A relic from a more innocent and less digitally orientated age, a pea shooter is a toy version of the blowgun or blowpipe that launches its projectiles by blowing.
Before the baptism, Macusi got out the long blowgun that had been his hunting weapon until traders stopped bringing the poison he used to tip the darts.